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Nine ideal Metro Manila neighborhoods for newlyweds

by Jillian CariolaPublished: May 19, 2016Updated: November 9, 2017

If you’re planning to build a life with your new spouse in an entirely different neighborhood, here are six of the best places to start.

After choosing which designer will make the wedding gown and how many flowers it will take to fill up your church, you and your newly wedded spouse now have something even bigger to decide on: where to live.

A home is one of the first and biggest financial decisions you’ll be making as a married couple, which means you’ll need to put a lot of thought into choosing it. Many factors need to be considered to narrow down your choices, like price and size, but location’s probably the one that holds more weight. Don’t forget that a home’s address affects everything else, and not just its value and floor space.

Most couples who tie the knot these days are millennials who are both career-driven and socially active. This means it’s essential for them to live in a community that allows them to flex their professional and social muscles. Not only that, if they’re planning to have kids soon, they need to live in an area that’s conducive to raising a family. Here are the top neighborhoods where newlyweds will be surrounded by everything they need to build and sustain their new life together.

 

San Antonio
Pasig City

Forming the eastern border of Ortigas Center, Barangay San Antonio is known as one of the most important business centers of the city. In fact, it’s second only to Makati’s San Lorenzo Village as the largest single income-generated government unit in the country. Within San Antonio are the iconic Philippine Stock Exchange and Tektite Towers, as well as several other corporate offices and business process outsourcing (BPO) centers. A few minutes away are the Asian Development Bank and headquarters of San Miguel Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Philippines, and Jollibee Foods Corporation.

Ideal Neighborhoods for Newlyweds Ortigas Center San Antonio Pasig City MyProperty Philippines real estate
Ortigas Center is one of the businest business districts in the metro. (Photo by Ramir Borja/Wikimedia Commons)

But more than its corporate component, San Antonio also has a wealth of restaurants and entertainment centers particularly along F. Ortigas Jr. Road. And just outside the village are SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, The Podium, Capitol Commons, and Metrowalk for even more dining and shopping options. Commuting is made easy with the accessibility of the Ortigas and Shaw Boulevard MRT Stations, as well as the buses traversing EDSA and those that travel with jeepneys along Ortigas Avenue.

Relish the thought of decorating your new home yourselves? Close to Ortigas’ Home Depot is Robinsons Residences’ The Sapphire Bloc, bounded by Onyx, Sapphire, and Garnet Streets. A 30-sqm one-bedroom unit starts at Php2.9 million.

 

Eastwood City
Bagumbayan, Quezon City

The emergence of Megaworld Corporation’s first township Eastwood City breathed new life into Bagumbayan as it brought with it several office spaces, recreational centers, and residential towers when it was launched in 1997. Bagumbayan is now home to the Eastwood City Cyberpark, where the BPO operations of companies like Accenture, Dell, IBM, and Citibank can be found. Offering leisure options are various establishments at Eastwood Mall and Eastwood City Walk.

Ideal Neighborhoods for Newlyweds Eastwood City Bagumbayan Quezon City MyProperty Philippines real estate
Bagumbayan residents have a wealth of restaurants and recreational centers to choose from in Eastwood City (Photo via Shutterstock)

Eastwood City is an extremely walkable neighborhood, although various forms of transportation are available to residents and employees. Citylink Coach Services buses, which travel between Eastwood City and Newport City (another Megaworld township) in Pasay, offer bus rides to people living or working in both townships. The Pasig River Ferry Service is also accessible through the Eastwood Ferry Station.

If you and your new spouse like spending your down time in green open spaces, Megaworld’s One Orchard Road is right across Eastwood City Walk, where you’ll find Eastwood Central Park. A 36-sqm studio unit at Royal Orchid Tower 2 starts at Php3.2 million. If you’d prefer a townhouse, a 138-sqm, three-story, three-bedroom home in Circulo Verde along Calle Industria starts at Php10 million.

 

Legazpi Village
San Lorenzo, Makati

While the prime area of Makati is often seen as all business, the city also has a homey side in the form of San Lorenzo’s Legazpi Village. Initially a residential village, it has since been developed by the Ayala Corporation, turning it into a business park that mixes dwellings with corporate and retail elements. Within Legazpi Village are popular office buildings like The Enterprise Tower, the Rufino Pacific Tower, and the PLDT Head Office.

Ideal Neighborhoods for Newlyweds Legazpi Village San Lorenzo Makati City MyProperty Philippines real estate
Malls like Glorietta and Greenbelt are close by when you live in Legazpi Village. (Photo via Shutterstock)

The more personal side of Legazpi Village is apparent in the presence of several hole-in-the-wall restaurants and third-wave coffee shops, and eccentric specialty stores. Open spaces like the Legazpi Active Park and Washington SyCip Park allow people to enjoy the great outdoors while staying within the city, and the Legazpi Sunday Market encourage residents to sample products of local merchants while mingling with fellow residents. To get to various parts of Metro Manila, a resident can take the MRT, as the Ayala and Magallanes Stations are easily accessible, as are the buses and jeepneys that ply Ayala Avenue.

Want to be a bit closer to your offices along Ayala Avenue? A high-end option is Ayala Land Premier’s ritzy Garden Towers, located within San Lorenzo next to Glorietta Mall. A 69-sqm one-bedroom unit starts at Php10.5 million. Another option is Eton PropertiesEton Tower Makati, located at the corner of V.A. Rufino and Dela Rosa Streets. A 20-sqm studio unit starts at Php2.2 million.

 

Alabang
Muntinlupa

Starting out as a farming district that eventually evolved into a village, Alabang is now a full-blown commercial center that features large mixed-use developments such as Alabang Commercial Center and Filinvest City. Found within Alabang are several BPO offices such as Convergys Philippines, HSBC Data Processing Service, and Verizon Wireless, while non-BPO companies that have found a home in the town include The Hershey Company, Shell Philippines, and Unilever Philippines. For those looking to buy their first new car, along the Alabang-Zapote Road are multiple car dealerships like those of Ford Motors, Toyota, Mitsubishi Motors, Audi, Chrysler, and Chevrolet.

Ideal Neighborhoods for Newlyweds Alabang Muntinlupa City MyProperty Philippines real estate
Alabang was once a farmland, but is now a thriving commercial and residential area. (Photo by Bryan Montecillo/Flickr Creative Commons)

Festival Supermall, Alabang Town Center, SM Southmall, and Starmall Alabang are just a few spots where residents spend their down time. Not too far away is Evia Lifestyle Center, a commercial complex located along Daang Hari Road. The more outdoorsy types venture towards the Filinvest MTB trail, where there are trails both for mountain bikers as well as hikers and joggers. Getting out, in, and around the neighborhood is easy with the presence of bus and jeepney stations in Starmall Alabang, the provincial buses at South Station Transport Terminal, and the PNR Alabang Station. Filinvest City also operates the 360 Eco-Loop, an electric-powered public transport system that moves around the mixed-use development.

If you want a yuppie-friendly first condo, consider Filinvest Land’s Studio City, located along West Parc Drive. A 16-sqm studio unit starts at Php2.3 million. For more traditional homebuyers, a three-bedroom house and lot at Camella Homes' Camella Evia starts at Php3.6 million.

 

Barangka Ilaya
Mandaluyong

Barangka Ilaya is one of Mandaluyong’s busiest business districts. It is home to Cybergate Complex, a mixed-use development courtesy of Robinsons Land Corporation. The six-hectare stretch of land contains four office buildings—Robinsons Cybergate Center Towers 1, 2, and 3 and Robinsons Cybergate Plaza—where companies such as Accenture, Jobstreet Philippines, and Summit Media are found.

Ideal Neighborhoods for Newlyweds Barangka Ilaya Pioneer Mandaluyong City MyProperty Philippines real estate
The Cybergate Complex contains several office buildings, restaurants and the mall Forum Robinsons. (Photo by Patrickroque01/Wikimedia Commons)

Also in the Cybergate Complex is Forum Robinsons a so-called cyber lifestyle mall that offers IT-related retail stores, as well as various restaurants. During select nights of the week, Banchetto Forum opens along Cybergate Street to serve all forms of gastronomic treats to employees and residents in the area until the wee hours of the morning.

Want less time on the road and more with your new spouse at home? Pioneer Woodlands by Empire East has direct access to the Boni MRT Station, and bus stops along EDSA are only a few steps away. If you’d rather live in a townhouse, this 162-sqm unit located near Boni Avenue has four bedrooms and is listed for Php8.8 million.

 

Ususan
Taguig

Over the years, residents of Ususan saw the rise of various residential developments, and it’s easy to see why. Only a few minutes away is Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and its plethora of multinational corporations, restaurants and bars, recreational centers, and other live-work-play elements. Living in Ususan allows residents to access this super city without the extremely high price. From this barangay, people can also easily access Megaworld’s McKinley Hill, where even more corporations and restaurants await.

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Bonifacio Global City is an extremely walkable city, ensuring that everyting you need is within reach. (Photo by Alveo Land/Wikimedia Commons)

Sony Philippines, Google Philippines, General Electric Philippines, and HSBC are only a few international companies that call BGC home. But if you’re hanging around BGC for leisure, most shopping and dining can be done at Bonifacio High Street, Serendra, SM Aura, and Market! Market! Other recreational areas include BGC Turf, a haven for football fanatics; Terra at 28th, a park for fitness buffs; and The Mind Museum, a 4,900-sqm science museum. To get to these places, one can board the BGC Bus, which plies various routes and also has a terminal in Makati to cart people in and out of BGC.

Got a baby on the way? Located near Levi Mariano Avenue in Ususan is Acacia Estates by DMCI Homes, an entire community of condos and houses in Ususan for families of all shapes and sizes. In Verawood Residences, a two-bedroom condo unit starts at Php3.3 million. Meanwhile, a 120-sqm duplex in Mahogany Place starts at Php2.6 million. A more affordable option is Spring Lane Homes, where a 94-sqm two-bedroom house starts at Php800,000.

 

Bay City
Pasay

Bay City is a reclamation area encompassing 660 hectares of land on Manila Bay, including the 770-hectare Cultural Center of the Philippines. As the home of world-class recreational establishments like Solaire Resort and Casino and City of Dreams Manila, it has gained a reputation as the go-to entertainment center for foreign nationals, expats, and OFWs.

Ideal Neighborhoods for Newlyweds City of Dreams Bay City Pasay
City of Dreams Manila. Photo by Xiquinho Silva via Flickr Creative Commons

But locals enjoy visiting this area as well, since it is home to one of the largest shopping centers in the country, SM Mall of Asia. And thanks to SM Prime’s consistent development of what started out as simply a giant mall, the Bay City now also has a thriving business district due to the many local and international businesses that have chosen to set up shop in the metro. The E-com buildings in the SM Mall of Asia complex houses mostly information technology and business process outsourcing companies such as Telstra at Five E-com and Teletech at Two E-com.

Do you or your new spouse work at one of the IT-BPO buildings in MOA complex? Only a few steps away from these corporate monoliths is SMDC’s Shore 2 Residences, where a 32sqm one-bedroom unit may cost Php2.4 million. You can also pay Php6.3 million for a 38.4sqm studio unit at the more upscale Oceanaire by Zhongfa Development Inc.

 

Little Baguio
San Juan

Little Baguio lends San Juan its distinction of being one of the places in the metro with the air of a vacation hotspot, and not just because of its name. Before its development, the 40-hectare town was covered with rice paddies, bamboo groves, and fruit trees and also has a zigzagging path running through it, all factors reminiscent of the country’s summer capital.

Originally planned out as a residential town, Little Baguio is now a mixed area that also contains a variety of restaurants, shops, and mid-rise office buildings. The town is also a top choice for those with young school-age children, with its convenient location surrounded by educational institutions like Cambridge Preschool, Mother Goose Nursery, Don Bosco School, and La Salle Greenhills. And right next to this town is Greenhills, which is popularly known for its bargain shopping center and food hubs.

Ideal Neighborhoods for Newlyweds Greenhills Shopping Center San Juan Metro Manila
Greenhills Shopping Center. Photo via Depositphotos

Do your date nights usually involve trying out new restaurants? Little Baguio’s list of restaurants keep on growing, and many of them are only a few minutes away from Empire East’s Mango Tree Residences, where you can purchase a 30.76sqm one-bedroom unit for Php3.3 million. At another Empire East offering, Little Baguio Terraces, a rent-to-own 30sqm two-bedroom condo is available for Php2.9 million.

 

Malate
Manila

After the Spanish-American War, the U.S. annexed the country and turned Malate into an exclusive residential area for American expatriates and old Spanish mestizo families. It remained a largely residential town until the 1970s, when it slowly transformed into a commercial area. As a result, some large houses and residential apartments were repurposed as restaurants and hotels.

Malate is also known for housing many of Manila’s finest universities. Along Taft Avenue in particular, one can choose from institutions such as De La Salle University (DLSU), Philippine Christian University (PCU) and Philippine Women’s University (PWU). Several of Manila’s key landmarks also fall within the vicinity, including the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), and Manila Zoo.

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Malate Church. Photo by Shubert Ciencia via Flickr Creative Commons

If you or your husband or wife are planning to continue your education, living in Malate will ensure that getting to and from your chosen school won’t interfere with your focus. For instance, next to DLSU is SMDC’s Green Residences, where you can buy a 31.34sqm one-bedroom unit for Php4.4 million. Also, Victoria de Manila by New San Jose Builders, Inc. is surrounded by schools such as PCU and University of the Philippines Manila, and has a 23sqm one-bedroom condo for Php2.4 million.

 

Main photo by Alveo Land/Wikimedia Commons

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